From the Birmingham Barons Media Relations:
Birmingham, AL — As they'd done numerous times on their way to the 2013 Southern League Championship, the Birmingham Barons rode the energy of a raucous home crowd to a 4-3 walk-off win over the Mobile BayBears in front of 8,500 fans at Regions Field.
Both the BayBears and Barons put single runs on the board in the first inning with Mobile scoring on a David Peralta RBI single and Birmingham tying the game at 1-1 on a base hit by Rangel Ravelo. Trayce Thompson set up the Barons' run with a two-out double down the left field line.
Rehabbing White Sox INF Jeff Keppinger put the Barons ahead 3-1 in the 3rdwith a towering two-run homer onto the VisionFirst Home Run Porch against Mobile starter Mike Lee. Keppinger is now 3-for-8 in two rehab starts.
The BayBears got a run back in the fifth on an RBI single by Jake Lamb but Scott Snodgress was able to avoid further damage by escaping a bases-loaded jam later in the inning and preserving a 3-2 lead. Snodgress would allow two runs on eight hits while striking out seven over 6.0 IP.
Jarrett Casey relieved Snodgress and tossed 2.0 scoreless innings before running into trouble in the 9th. After using six different relievers in Friday's 17-inning game, Casey was charged with converting a three-inning save but surrendered an RBI double to Garrett Webber, knotting the score at 3-3.
Rangel Ravelo would lead off the bottom of the ninth with a base hit against reliever RJ Hively and went to second on a single by Chris Curley. After a fly out by Miguel Gonzalez, Jamie Pedroza sent the capacity crowd home with happy with a base hit just inside the first base bag, scoring Ravelo and setting off a mob scene on the infield.
Micah Johnson extended his season-best hitting streak to seven games with an eighth inning single. He finished 1-for-3 with a run scored. OF Keenyn Walker and Ravelo also finished with two hits apiece for the Barons.
The crowd of 8,500 gave the Barons their second sellout of the series and their 9th in the first 84 games in Regions Field history. The Barons lead the Southern League with a total attendance of 87,433 so far in 2014.
With the win, the Barons snapped their three-game losing streak and improved to 12-16 while Mobile fell to 18-11. The Barons will look to win the series finale tomorrow afternoon as they send RHP Terry Doyle (2-2, 5.25) to the hill against RHP Bradin Hagens (0-2, 3.09). First pitch is scheduled for a 3:00 PM CDT.